Day 2 - The next morning we found the local BLM office looking for some current road intel and found so much more! They have a Dinosaur museum and while it's not large in size, the quality of information is great! We met Merle Graffam, working for the BLM.... he had some general info about the main roads, but no recent info for the lesser-used roads that we were interested in.
While talking to Merle we wandered into the dinosaur part of the building and he broke down the time period and changes the area had been subjected to, showing us how the Rocky Mountain region once was under a massive ocean. It was truly interesting... they had several different types of Stegosaurus skulls hanging on the well, my favorite was the Diabloceratops, that thing looked very Metal!! Then Merle told us that he discovered a new species himself, not far from the building!! He discovered the Nothronychus graffami, named after himself!
The Nothronychus graffami;
We topped off our tanks, then hit the dirt right out of Big Water and aired down... within a couple miles the road got interesting, we were driving thru massive drainage's leading to Lake Powell and it was obvious that large amounts of water had recently ran down these washes and canyons. We made our way thru the desert and eventually to Nipple Canyon and then Tibbet Canyon... and both were an absolute blast to drive thru!
Marty suggested that we work our way down Crosby Canyon to the shores of Lake Powell and I had a great time leading and blasting down the sandy wash! We took lunch overlooking the lake, it was neat to be so close to the water. We could have driven right to the water, but were happy with our view point.